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Model cannon
  • Model cannon
    Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875
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Model cannon

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Model in wax on turned wood

  • Museum number:

    A.79-1911

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This cast is from the same design as a plaster cannon (also in the Museum's collections, inv.no. A.51-1911) designed by Stevens for the son of his friend Alfred Pegler, but certain small differences between the plaster and the wax suggest the plaster was not in fact cast from the wax, or that the plaster version was possibly re-worked subsequently.
Stevens designed the cannon for Pegler who wrote to Stannus in 1890: ' The Master designed it for me, long before I had a son or was even married. Years after he promised to finish it for my son...It was made of box wood...the artistic work laid on in plaster of Paris'. The version made for Pegler's son was cast in brass by Hoole and Company in ca. 1865.

Physical description

Turned boxwood, fluted, with applied decoration in wax. On the breech is a group representing a lion and a winged dragon struggling; above the trunnions, which end in bull-dog's heads, is a figure of Mars in armour, seated amidst foliage. The barrel is decorated with two bands of ornament in low relief, one bearing the initials AP, AS, in square frames. The other a coat of arms and crest surmounted by a scroll, and oval medallions. The muzzle terminates in acanthus foliage with a moulding of egg-and-tongue ornament.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Model in wax on turned wood

Dimensions

Length: 52.1 cm, Width: 7.62 cm widest

Object history note

Purchased from Mrs Ada Gamble, 12 Stanlake Villas, Shepherd's Bush.

Historical context note

Stevens designed the cannon for Pegler who wrote to Stannus in 1890: ' The Master designed it for me, long before I had a son or was even married. Years after he promised to finish it for my son...It was made of box wood...the artistic work laid on in plaster of Paris'. The version made for Pegler's son was cast in brass by Hoole and Company in ca. 1865.

Descriptive line

Model for cannon, wax on wood, by Alfred Stevens, English, ca. 1865

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Stannus, H. Alfred Stevens and his Work, London, 1891, pp. 26-27

Materials

Wax; Wood

Subjects depicted

Coat of arms; Ornament; Lion; Dragon

Categories

Arms & Armour; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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